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I’m sure you’ll all agree that the grey skies of late winter and early spring can be a slightly depressing sight after the highs of the holiday season. The unpredictable weather and fluctuating temperatures can also make choosing the right outfit each day a stressful and confusing task. Should you wear a thin coat or a thick one? Will you overheat in a sweater or freeze in just a button-up shirt? It’s no wonder that we all think longingly of the summer months when at least we know what to expect and how to dress accordingly.
Until we can all burst out our sundresses, sandals, and sunglasses, however, there are a few key style tips that can help you make the transition seamlessly from one season to the next.
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It sounds like an obvious recommendation, but it’s surprising how often this helpful technique gets overlooked in the morning rush to get ready. When you’re planning your next outfit, take a moment to consider whether you might need an extra addition to make sure you feel comfortable throughout the day. If you’re wearing a dress and tights, simply throw on a longline cardigan for an effortlessly chic look.
This is a great time to splurge on a versatile investment piece that can be used to create a multitude of different outfits, such as an oversized cashmere knit from Autumn Cashmere. You can create a boho vibe with a paisley or patterned dress underneath, or opt for a more classic style that is perfect for the office with a pair of sleek black pants and a fitted long sleeved top.
2. Bold prints
While winter is all about cosiness and sparkle, the colours associated with spring are usually much softer and more delicate. This difference in the seasonal palette can make it tricky to pick the right outfit each time. One of the best ways to get around this dilemma is to opt for a vibrant and bold print. Perhaps pick out a graphic long-sleeved shirt from Love Moschino and pair it with jeans and flats for a relaxed weekend day out.
If you don’t want to go for an eye-catching image, embrace the trend with smaller details like a shirt with buttons in contrasting colours. A bolder choice of colour is guaranteed to put a pep in your step on a chilly February morning… along with your morning latte, of course.
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3. Stock up on the basics
The period in between two seasons is the ideal time to reassess your wardrobe and refresh your basic collection. You don’t have to go completely Marie Kondo and question every item! Instead, just get out your T-shirts, skirts, and denim to see if any items need replacing or restoring. With the new seasonal collections hitting stores, it’s a great moment to pick up that perfect black tee or invest in a dark pair of jeans that would be ideal for drinks after work. As you’ll find yourself layering more to create outfits around this time, it should be easy to see what you could add to enhance the flexibility of your closet.
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4. Invest in hosiery
One of the best ways to make the most of your spring skirts and dresses before it’s actually warm enough to bare your legs is to purchase some high-quality tights. Wolford are renowned for their selection, which come in a wide range of styles and colours. You can also opt for a thicker knit tight for the colder days, as well as investing in some colourful options to jazz up an outfit instantly.
The benefit of having a reliable supply of tights is that you can get some extended use out of your spring clothes, rather than filling your closet with items that fulfill a need and don’t inspire you creatively and stylistically. When people think of accessories making or breaking an outfit, they usually think of bags and shoes, but good hosiery is definitely a wardrobe staple.
5. The perfect sneaker
Fall and winter are all about the boot, whether that’s a knee-high boot for Sunday brunch or a heeled evening boot with a black jean. The time between winter and spring, however, is all about the perfect sneaker. With this versatile lace-up footwear, you can pair them with socks and pants for a casual look on a colder day, or match them with a floral dress when the temperature allows. Sneakers are the ultimate off-duty shoe while still being protective and practical when the weather is so unpredictable. Go for a neutral colour, such as light or dark grey, to pair it with as many different outfits as possible.